Professor Paul Gready



Paul Gready (BA University College London; MA School of Oriental and African Studies; PhD School of Oriental and African Studies) is personally based in the Politics Department and is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Applied Human Rights. He has previously worked for Amnesty International and as a consultant with a range of other international and national human rights organisations. Most of this practitioner experience has been Africa-based, with a particular focus on South Africa. He has published on a number of human rights-related topics, notably transitional justice and human rights and development. Paul is the convenor of the MA in Applied Human Rights and the co-editor of a new journal, Human Rights Practice.

Departmental roles

I also serve on the Research Committee and REF Committee.



  • Transitional justice
  • Human rights and development
  • Human rights defenders
  • The ethics of human rights practice
  • The relationship between literature, culture and human rights


Currently PhD student topics include:

  • Indigenous Practices and Reconciliation in Southern Sudan
  • Transitional Justice and Security Sector Reform in Fiji
  • Transitional Justice, Multiplie Masculinities, and Male Victims of Sexual Violence
  • Relationships between NGOs, Trade Unions and Social Movements in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights
  • Human Rights Activism, Local Culture and Patronage in Sicily

External activities

Editorial duties

Co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights Practice. Regular reviewer of articles for other journals in the fields of human rights, conflict, transitional justice and development.

Currently a member of the Board of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and Adviser to Silence Speaks at the Center for Digital Storytelling.

Paul Gready

Contact details

Prof. Paul Gready
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 324395